Ik Kil Cenote is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico!
It is also known to be one of the more popular cenotes in the Yucatán Peninsula so make sure you get there early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.
I have put together this complete travel guide of Cenote Ik Kil including where it is, how to get there, how much it costs, and what to expect when you arrive.
WHERE IS CENOTE IK KIL?
Ik Kil Cenote is located in between the cities of Valladolid and Pisté in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
From Valladolid, it’s approximately a 45-minute drive west to reach the cenote, and if you are heading east from Pisté, it’s a short 10-minute drive.
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HOW TO GET TO IK KIL CENOTE
If you have your own vehicle, getting to Cenote Ik Kil Mexico is very easy as it’s just off the main highway between Valladolid and Pisté.
There is a large parking lot at Ik Kil Cenote Mexico where you can safely park your car during your visit.
Yucatan Peninsula is said to be the safest place to drive in Mexico when it comes to getting behind the wheel, so it’s definitely an option to consider.
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Alternatively, you have other options of taking a bus, hopping in a Collectivo, or grabbing a taxi to reach Cenote Ik Kil Mexico.
Taking a Collectivo to the cenote from Valladolid is quite simple and you can find them on Calle 39 about halfway down the street and also between Calle 44 and Calle 46. The cost is around 35 MXN and they will drop you right at the entrance. Collectivo’s depart at multiple times throughout the day whenever they are full.
If you prefer to take a bus to the cenote, you can head to the bus station in Valladolid which is located on the corner of Calle 46 and Calle 39, and jump on board the Oriente Bus. There are around 20 buses per day with the first one departing as early as 8:30 am.
Ik Kil Cenote Mexico
Swimming in the cenote
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IK KIL CENOTE ENTRANCE FEE & OPENING HOURS
The entrance fee at the time of writing (February 2021) is 150 MXN for adults and 100 MXN for children.
The fee includes entrance to the cenote, lockers, a life jacket, and you’ll also be given a wristband to wear during your visit.
Cenote Ik Kil opening hours are Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm.
The ticket office
Ik Kil prices
FACILITIES AT THE CENOTE
The facilities resemble those of a public pool with many changing rooms, toilets, and lockers available.
Next to the changing rooms is where you can grab a lifejacket which must be worn if you plan to go swimming inside the cenote.
Before heading down the stairs into the cenote, it’s also mandatory to rinse off in the outdoor showers before going swimming. The purpose of this is to rid yourself of any sunscreen or skin oils, ultimately preserving the natural water inside.
Don’t forget to bring your towel, but if you do, you’ll be able to rent one from the stand inside. Make sure to bring cash with you as they won’t accept credit cards.
You can make full use of the facilities on offer by relaxing in one of the many hammocks or sunbeds that are scattered around the whole area.
There are also two restaurants, one being a buffet, and small shops that sell ice cream and drinks. If you want to further maximize your time here, why not spend a night at Ik Kil Hotel and have it entirely to yourself in the early hours of the morning before the tour buses arrive.
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Lockers, toilets, and change rooms
Outdoor showers at Cenote Ik Kil Mexico
Snack shops and bar
WHAT TO EXPECT
Personally, I think what makes this cenote one of the best ones in Yucatán is that it resembles a fairy tale scene! Featuring leaves and vines hanging beautifully down from the top of the cenote and covering the walls until they reach the water.
Cenote Ik Kil itself forms an almost perfect circular shape and there is an internal concrete staircase making it very easy to access the inside. On the way down the steps, there are a couple of viewpoints worth stopping at to take photos.
Once you reach the bottom, simply set your belongings down in a dry area against the wall and jump on in for a swim.
I highly recommend swimming out to the middle of the natural pool, floating on your back, and marveling at the open-air circle above. I guarantee you will be in awe and it’s the perfect opportunity to simply take it all in.
For the best shots of the cenote, you’ll need a waterproof camera such as a GoPro HERO 10.
The temperature of the water is quite fresh but once you get swimming around you will warm up in no time. There is also a wooden ladder making it easy to get in and out of the Cenote.
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View from above
Hanging vines in the cenote
The way down to Ik Kil
CLIFF JUMPING AT CENOTE IK KIL
If you are up for a bit of an adrenaline rush, try some cliff jumping from the edge of the staircase into the natural pool. There are several jumping heights from about 3 meters and up to 5 meters along the staircase which is regulated by lifeguards at all times.
The cenote is 50 meters deep and the walls of the cenote are completely vertical which makes it a perfectly safe spot to cliff jump without having to worry about hitting anything on the way down.
Fun fact: A couple of Red Bull Cliff Diving events were held at Cenote Ik Kil in 2010 which is another reason that made this cenote so well-known and popular. But please, do not attempt to cliff dive from the top of the cenote, only from the staircase within the cenote itself is allowed.
Cliff jumping into the cenote
My visit to Ik Kil was one of the best adventures I had in the Yucatan Peninsula and I can’t recommend this place enough!
Hot Tip → Remember to get there as early as possible when doors open at 9:00 am as it’s a much better experience without hoards of other tourists around during the day. Also, try to avoid visiting on a weekend because it’s a popular place for the locals to hang out too.
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WHERE TO STAY IN VALLADOLID
Valladolid has hundreds of accommodations to choose from so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Valladolid to suit the needs of luxury travelers, budget backpackers, and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Mayan Majesty Boutique Hotel
Mayan Majesty is one of the only 5-star hotels in Valladolid. Featuring a cave pool with a swim-up bar, beautiful gardens and it’s centrally located in the heart of town. Choose from a Deluxe King Room, Superior Queen Room, or the King Suite each with a pool view, private bathroom, flat-screen TVs, dining table, terrace, and air conditioning. A free continental breakfast is also served for all guests. Great for couples, a group of friends, and families.
Mid Range: Casa Del Mayordomo
I personally stayed at Casa Del Mayordomo and can’t recommend this place enough! Located right in the center of Valladolid and just walking distance to the main square, shops, and markets. Featuring a central courtyard and swimming pool, a shared dining area, and a shared kitchen. The rooms are spacious with air conditioning, free wifi, private bathrooms, large comfortable beds, and pool views. Free bicycle rental is also available at this hotel as well as a continental breakfast for all guests. Great place to stay for couples and friends.
Budget: Hostal Tunich Naj
Hostal Tunich Naj is a favorite pick amongst backpackers and solo travelers with thousands of great reviews. Centrally located in the heart of Valladolid, this budget hostel is a simple yet effective accommodation featuring dorm rooms and private rooms with free wifi, a shared kitchen, private and shared bathrooms, balcony terraces, and coffee machines. There is also a tour desk at the hostel where you can organize and book day tours in Valladolid.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT VALLADOLID
The best time to visit Valladolid is during the winter season from December to April. During this time there is little to no rainfall and the temperatures are just perfect.
The rainy season in Valladolid is typically between May and October which sees higher temperatures due to the humidity. The only plus side to visiting Valladolid during these months is there will be fewer tourists and prices are less inflated.
Colorful streets in Valladolid
WHAT TO PACK FOR MEXICO
When visiting Mexico, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Mexican sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – a must for drying off after a dip in the cenotes.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Dry bag – protect your gadgets from any water damage while you’re at the cenotes.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
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